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Matthew Pouliot

  1. White Sox decide closers exist to be cashed in

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Rick Hahn

    It’s a world gone topsy-turvy, I tell you. Billy Beane’s Athletics are going to spend about $10 million on closer Jim Johnson next year, even though their bullpen would seem to be plenty good without him. Meanwhile, the White Sox are playing at Oakland’s old game, trading their closers as soon as they can manufacture…

  2. Mets, Padres, Yankees ask about Mariners’ Dustin Ackley

    Dec 10, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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    With second base now off limits for a good decade or so, the Mariners have to be open to moving Dustin Ackley and/or Nick Franklin. According to CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Mets, Padres and Yankees have already inquired about Ackley. Ackley, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, has hit a modest .245/.315/.354…

  3. D’backs, Angels, White Sox agree to three-team Mark Trumbo deal

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    3:00 p.m. EST update: A source told the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that the deal is done. The Diamondbacks will get Trumbo and two players to be named, and they give outfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. Left-hander Hector Santiago will go from Chicago to Anaheim. Trumbo…

  4. Report: Rockies acquire Brett Anderson from Athletics

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    4:32 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rockies are acquiring Anderson from the A’s in return for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Chris Jensen. Anderson’s addition will likely leave Juan Nicasio and Jordan Lyles battling for one spot in Colorado’s rotation. The A’s still have six starters without him, a total…

  5. Jonathan Papelbon as you’ve never, ever seen him before

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Posted by his wife, Ashley, to twitter, with the caption “Awkward family photo.”

  6. Visual evidence suggests Pablo Sandoval is in the BSOHL

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    This is Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval as he appeared last season. This is Pablo Sandoval now, courtesy of a pic he posted on twitter this afternoon. Now, the shirt is a kinda baggy. There’s probably still some flab hiding under there. But at the rate he’s going, there might not be for much longer.…

  7. Report: Rangers, Blue Jays deal fell apart due to physical

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Rangers were involved in a three-team deal last month that would have sent reliever Sergio Santos to Texas, but that the deal fell apart because another player failed his physical. Santos would have helped make up for the loss of Joe Nathan to Detroit. He missed…

  8. Royals to give Hochevar, Davis second… mmm, sixth chances as SPs

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    After two seasons as a below average starter, Wade Davis broke through as a reliever for the Rays in 2012, amassing a 2.43 ERA and striking out 87 in 70 1/3 innings. The Royals plan after picking him up in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade? Move him back to the rotation. Luke Hochevar was a…

  9. Marlins discuss Logan Morrison with Pirates, Rays

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Now that the Marlins have gotten older and worse by signing Garrett Jones, the smarter teams are coming out of the woodwork in pursuit of Logan Morrison. FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi says both the Pirates and Rays have had conversations regarding the first baseman. John Perotto of the Beaver County Times reports that the Pirates and…

  10. Report: Orioles, Mets chasing Bartolo Colon

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the market for Bartolo Colon‘s services is heating up, with the Orioles, Mets and others involved. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported earlier in the day that the Mets met with Colon’s agent. Seattle and Atlanta would also seem to be possibilities for the 40-year-old right-hander, who did not receive a qualifying…

  11. Indians sign former first-rounder David Cooper to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    David Cooper, Prince Fielder

    After having his career derailed by back problems, first baseman David Cooper is on the way back with Cleveland, signing a one-year, major league deal on Monday. Cooper, Toronto’s first-round pick in 2008, was last seen hitting .300/.324/.464 in 140 at-bats with the Blue Jays in 2012. He hurt his back that August diving back…

  12. Report: Phillies dangling All-Star Domonic Brown

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    The Phillies’ Domonic Brown had a breakthrough season at age 25, finishing tied for fourth in the NL with 27 homers and appearing in the All-Star Game. That would seem to make him a centerpiece player, right? Sources: Phillies actively shopping OF Domonic Brown. Looking for controllable starting pitching in return. Idea is to sell…

  13. Jeff Francoeur’s eyes are in the best shape of his life

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, free agent Jeff Francouer recently had LASIK surgery and has decided to go to a lighter bat in an attempt to salvage his career. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Francoeur finished last season out of the league after being let go by the Giants in late August. On the heels of a…

  14. Next stop Cooperstown for Roy Halladay

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Roy Halladay‘s shoulder let him down in the end, but not until after one of the best 10-year runs in memory. From 2002-2011, Halladay went 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA and 1,699 strikeouts in 2,194 2/3 innings. He went to eight All-Star Games, won two Cy Young Awards and finished second twice more. During that…

  15. Rangers sign catcher J.P. Arencibia for $1.8 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. It’s worth $1.8 million and includes $300,000 in incentives, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Arencibia, who turns 28 next month,…

  16. Robinson Cano signing only bad if the Mariners stop now

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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    No, there’s very little chance that Robinson Cano will resemble a $24 million player in 2023. But at least he’s better than that now. In a world in which Jacoby Ellsbury is worth $22 million annually and middle-rotation starters get $10 million-$13 million per year, it’s hardly unreasonable to value Cano as a $30 million…

  17. Astros sign Scott Feldman to $30 million deal

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Scott Feldman

    After going 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA for the Cubs and Orioles last season, Scott Feldman has landed a fat three-year, $30 million contract from the Astros, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Feldman had similar peripherals in 2012 with the Rangers, but since it resulted in a 5.09 ERA, his best offer was a one-year,…

  18. Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Yankees are betting big that Jacoby Ellsbury will age well in his thirties. They’re betting big that he’s not injury-prone and that his two season-ruining injuries were flukes. They’re betting big that his power will come back with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right serving as such a tempting target. They’re betting big that…

  19. UPDATE: Giants prospects injured in van crash released from hospital

    Dec 3, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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    It appears that everything turned out OK for the Giants prospects injured in Tuesday’s crash. According to Andrew Baggarly, all five players hospitalized have already been released. They were: LHP Bryce Bandilla, LHP Adalberto Mejia, RHP Daniel Slania, RHP Jeff Soptic and INF Kebly Tomlinson. /// The names aren’t yet known, but a van carrying…

  20. A.J. Pierzynski approaching rare territory for catchers

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Despite his remarkable consistency and durability, A.J. Pierzynski was unable to secure a multiyear deal again this winter. After spending 2013 with the Rangers, he’s joining the Red Sox on another one-year pact. Working against Pierzynski is his age and throwing arm. Pierzynski turns 37 later this month, and he’s never been great at gunning…

  21. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  22. Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday. Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA…

  23. A dozen dismissed: the best players left off the Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 26, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

    Keith Foulke

    While the BBWAA screening committee was keeping up with the Joneses — Jacque and Todd, to be precised — it left a bunch of superior players off Tuesday’s Hall of Fame ballot reveal. In the grand scheme of things, it hardly matters who makes the ballot to be cast off after one year and who…

  24. How to handle this overstuffed Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    thomas

    We have a problem here, one that’s going to keep getting worse in future years. The Hall of Fame electorate is permitted to vote for only 10 players per year, but this ballot contains more than 10 Hall of Famers: Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Tom Glavine Greg Maddux Mark McGwire Mike…

  25. Rays bring back Jose Molina for two years, $4.5 million

    Nov 24, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Jose Molina‘s ability to frame pitches will keep him in the league for at least another couple of years. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, he and the Rays have come to terms on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. The 38-year-old Molina doesn’t bring much else to the table at this point. He hit .228/.288/.318…

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